Posts Tagged: what would water do

safe to smile at strangers (chapter 23, part 2)

She’s outside kicking the wrought iron fence with her silver high tops when Robin walks up behind her.  “Good morning, mamselle.  Did we wake up on the wrong side this morning or did that fence try to sneak up on

safe to smile at strangers (chapter 23, part 2)

She’s outside kicking the wrought iron fence with her silver high tops when Robin walks up behind her.  “Good morning, mamselle.  Did we wake up on the wrong side this morning or did that fence try to sneak up on

the levee (chapter 23, part 1)

Eleanor knows the house is empty before she opens her eyes.  The air in her bedroom is so humid she thinks the world outside must be covered with water.  The levee must have burst.  The waves snuck in while she

the levee (chapter 23, part 1)

Eleanor knows the house is empty before she opens her eyes.  The air in her bedroom is so humid she thinks the world outside must be covered with water.  The levee must have burst.  The waves snuck in while she

ambush (chapter 22)

Mae’s costume is anachronistically modern.  The idea was that her character Edna was to appear to be evolving much more quickly than her environment.  At the start of the film which is set at the end of the 1800s, Edna’s

ambush (chapter 22)

Mae’s costume is anachronistically modern.  The idea was that her character Edna was to appear to be evolving much more quickly than her environment.  At the start of the film which is set at the end of the 1800s, Edna’s

the actor (chapter 21, part 3)

Wayne has a strict protocol for seeing a movie in the theater:  First, you must go on Monday or Tuesday night to avoid a crowd.  Maybe Wednesday but never, ever on the weekend.  Weekends are for amateurs.   Second, arrive exactly

the actor (chapter 21, part 3)

Wayne has a strict protocol for seeing a movie in the theater:  First, you must go on Monday or Tuesday night to avoid a crowd.  Maybe Wednesday but never, ever on the weekend.  Weekends are for amateurs.   Second, arrive exactly

comfort food (chapter 21, part 2)

They go to the beach, they go shopping.  One night, Victor cooks dinner.  Wayne doesn’t want to ask where the kid got the money to buy the food because he looks so damn proud of himself standing there with his

comfort food (chapter 21, part 2)

They go to the beach, they go shopping.  One night, Victor cooks dinner.  Wayne doesn’t want to ask where the kid got the money to buy the food because he looks so damn proud of himself standing there with his

the fourth dimension (chapter 21, part 1)

Wayne stops in the hallway outside his apartment with one ear pressed against the door.  He listens hungrily, savoring his imminent arrival into the vibration, into the hum and bump on the other side of the door.  It’s unlocked.  Victor

the fourth dimension (chapter 21, part 1)

Wayne stops in the hallway outside his apartment with one ear pressed against the door.  He listens hungrily, savoring his imminent arrival into the vibration, into the hum and bump on the other side of the door.  It’s unlocked.  Victor

a delicate exoskeleton (chapter 20, part 2)

After Lauren came Kitty and Madeline wearing white smocks, wheeling a cartful of delicate metal tools.   Mae walks straight from the shower to the sofa where for nearly two hours they knead and slather and rinse and pluck and pinch

a delicate exoskeleton (chapter 20, part 2)

After Lauren came Kitty and Madeline wearing white smocks, wheeling a cartful of delicate metal tools.   Mae walks straight from the shower to the sofa where for nearly two hours they knead and slather and rinse and pluck and pinch

maybe if someone pushed me (chapter 20, part 1)

Ants crawling all over a delicious morsel.  That’s what they were like: the trainer, the cosmetologist (or whatever you call the person who fiddles with your skin), the masseuse, the seamstress, the housecleaners, the various assistants and, it would be

maybe if someone pushed me (chapter 20, part 1)

Ants crawling all over a delicious morsel.  That’s what they were like: the trainer, the cosmetologist (or whatever you call the person who fiddles with your skin), the masseuse, the seamstress, the housecleaners, the various assistants and, it would be

pardon me, but that looks like a good book you’ve got there (chapter 19, part 2)

Robin drops Elle off by 5:00 in the afternoon, which leaves a couple of hours to do homework and read until Lang comes home.  When she’s in her room, she turns on the television.  Sometimes she sits in a rocker

pardon me, but that looks like a good book you’ve got there (chapter 19, part 2)

Robin drops Elle off by 5:00 in the afternoon, which leaves a couple of hours to do homework and read until Lang comes home.  When she’s in her room, she turns on the television.  Sometimes she sits in a rocker

indefinitely (chapter 19, part 1)

It isn’t the first time her moms stopped talking to each other.  It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does it’s slow torture, like listening to Barney the purple dinosaur sing his stupid “I love you, you love

indefinitely (chapter 19, part 1)

It isn’t the first time her moms stopped talking to each other.  It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does it’s slow torture, like listening to Barney the purple dinosaur sing his stupid “I love you, you love

nowhere (chapter 18, part 2)

Wayne awakes around noon, fully clothed and sweating under the Lilien’s down comforter with a mouthful of the straight-up residue of bourbon, rum, vodka and gin (there was nothing to mix it with) and some port to top it all

nowhere (chapter 18, part 2)

Wayne awakes around noon, fully clothed and sweating under the Lilien’s down comforter with a mouthful of the straight-up residue of bourbon, rum, vodka and gin (there was nothing to mix it with) and some port to top it all

you should have seen me (chapter 18, part 1)

 “He knew I was somebody, but he couldn’t pin it down.”  Wayne and Drew are in the Lilien’s vast fluffy bed.  Wayne leans against her shoulder and says, “He kept ogling me when he thought I wasn’t looking and he

you should have seen me (chapter 18, part 1)

 “He knew I was somebody, but he couldn’t pin it down.”  Wayne and Drew are in the Lilien’s vast fluffy bed.  Wayne leans against her shoulder and says, “He kept ogling me when he thought I wasn’t looking and he

watching yourself cry (chapter 17, part 2)

The first time they separated was when Eleanor was one, still putting everything in her mouth and needing to be carried. Elle had been a curious child and it took at least two people to make sure she didn’t grab

watching yourself cry (chapter 17, part 2)

The first time they separated was when Eleanor was one, still putting everything in her mouth and needing to be carried. Elle had been a curious child and it took at least two people to make sure she didn’t grab

Welcome to the Big Easy (part 1 of chapter 17)

Lang forgot to bring Elle a souvenir.  As Lang’s car moves away from Grand Isle and toward New Orleans, her thoughts grow hard edges.  She hasn’t seen her daughter for three weeks, which means she had more than twenty days

Welcome to the Big Easy (part 1 of chapter 17)

Lang forgot to bring Elle a souvenir.  As Lang’s car moves away from Grand Isle and toward New Orleans, her thoughts grow hard edges.  She hasn’t seen her daughter for three weeks, which means she had more than twenty days

who does she think she is (chapter 16, part 2)

She has never met a fellow pedestrian along this stretch of sidewalk where the lawns are as stiff and green as Astroturf and studded with perpetual cheery blossoms, topiary with surgical edges, and fountains gushing nowhere, forever.  The heat of

who does she think she is (chapter 16, part 2)

She has never met a fellow pedestrian along this stretch of sidewalk where the lawns are as stiff and green as Astroturf and studded with perpetual cheery blossoms, topiary with surgical edges, and fountains gushing nowhere, forever.  The heat of

trembles to her ears (chap. 16, part 1)

Drew can never remember the difference between “sensual” and “sensuous” but the Liliens have a dictionary in their library so Drew slips down the hall, feet sliding on the wood floor.  She’s wearing Tom Lilien’s black socks, a pair of

trembles to her ears (chap. 16, part 1)

Drew can never remember the difference between “sensual” and “sensuous” but the Liliens have a dictionary in their library so Drew slips down the hall, feet sliding on the wood floor.  She’s wearing Tom Lilien’s black socks, a pair of